Thursday, July 10, 2008

Being One's Best (Getting In Shape Quickly)

Most people’s efforts to produce “change,” merely reinforces the status quo, because change means different, and not simply, more of the same.

It is the failure to understand qualitative difference from simply a quantitative one, that makes all the difference in the world -- in any thing. But most of what is taught in the schools, is only about quantitative differences, and not about quality.

In exercise, fitness, conditioning (learning), that is the ultimate end. Repetition of poorly done movements doesn’t get one the same results as a single perfection of that movement -- and that is what an athlete, performer or adept at anything is trying to achieve, and not just mere quantity of imprecise and imperfect efforts. That is not the point, and merely reinforces dysfunction and low functioning.

Every person has the ability to get in shape immediately -- by training their muscles to take on that shape -- but most people who teach exercise, have no idea of the meaning of this because they think that simply raising the heart rate, burning more calories, sweating profusely, and experiencing more pain and discomfort, are an indication of doing something significant and right -- when actually, a few brief movements deliberately designed to articulate the muscle in the fullest possibilities they can attain -- expresses the full range of their present capacity, rather than leaving that unexpressed and unfulfilled, and in poor, flabby condition.

This is the most important insight into why some people are in great shape while others are in poor shape. The former knows the difference -- and selects to be immediately, and presently, into the best shape they can be in -- with their present capacity, instead of the teaching that in six months or a year, of reinforcing bad posture, bad movements and bad shape, that will be miraculously transformed at some point, into a person in great shape and condition.

They already have that capacity -- to be in their best shape, and in better shape, but have to learn to momentarily express it. If a person always does the best they can with what they have, that will be their persona and the shape and condition they are in -- without expending great thought, time and effort on it -- because that is the condition, one is conditioning (learning) to be -- as their basic response (readiness) to the challenges of daily living.

That is conveyed without the need to actually throw a javelin or shot-put -- to convince others (or oneself) of one’s competence. World champions always have that presence -- without having to get up and actually sprint a hundred yards to convince others of that competence. The same is true of proficient people in any event or activity in daily living. Their is a convincing sense that they can do it -- if the conditions are appropriate for that demonstration

Those who feel a need to constantly prove that -- obviously have that deficiency of not being in their best shape, and knowing what is the best they can do in the present moment and movement, that embodies the essence of who they really are.

That is the simplicity of conditioning, change, and the condition they are in.


At July 10, 2008 8:59 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

The shape one is in, is their body language, the expression of who they are, and what they are capable and ready to do.

Gymnasts don't always strut around the way they do at their events -- but will assume a more inconspicuous look to go to a mall and hang out like everybody else -- although even in relaxation, they will still be impressive to the trained eye that can detect those differences.

But on a platform, they must look and perform awesomely -- and transform themselves for that specific effect (event). That is a large part of what athletics and performance is about -- is also creating that event and context with their behaviors, that most untrained people, have a low awareness of.

But once they become aware of those qualitative differences, that is the key to effecting those differences (real change) -- that no amount of effort being oblivious to those differences, will make much of a difference.


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